The Druids and King Arthur: A New View of Early Britain

The Druids and King Arthur: A New View of Early Britain

by Robin Melrose

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An exploration into the beliefs and origins of the Druids, this book examines the role the Druids may have played in the story of King Arthur and the founding of Britain. It explains how the Druids originated in eastern Europe around 850 B.C., bringing to early Britain a cult of an underworld deity, a belief in reincarnation, and a keen interest in astronomy. The work concludes that Arthur was originally a Druid cult figure and that the descendants of the Druids may have founded the Anglo-Saxon kingdom of Wessex. The research draws upon a number of sources, including medieval Welsh tales, the archaeology of Stonehenge's Salisbury Plain, the legends surrounding the founding of Britain, the cult of the Thracian Horseman, the oracle of Dodona, popular Arthurian mythology, and the basic principles of prehistoric astronomy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786460052
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 01/10/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 220
File size: 8 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Robin Melrose is a retired senior lecturer in English and linguistics at England’s University of Portsmouth. He lives on the Isle of Wight in southern England.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 The Dragon Star 5

Chapter 2 The Severed Head and the Bone Cave: Religion in Roman Britain 18

Chapter 3 Arthur's Voyage: The Spoils of Annwn 42

Chapter 4 Magic Mounds, Sea People and Shape-Shifters: The Wonderful World of the Mabinogion 66

Chapter 5 Mounds, Mounds, Mounds: Rubbish Heaps, Hillforts and the Prehistory of Southern England 86

Chapter 6 Visitors from the East 114

Chapter 7 Brutus of Troy Town 155

Chapter 8 Arthur, King of Wessex? 168

Chapter Notes 193

Bibliography 203

Index 211

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